Vol. 31 Iss. 14

Volume 31, Issue 14 - 04/07/2023

Minds We Meet—Interviewing Darlene Miller

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Darlene Miller (she/her), a non-program student located in Rosemere, Quebec.  She stated, “I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which I live is the traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka or Mohawk nation.  The Mohawk Nation is also known as the ‘Eastern… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes – Stream-of-Consciousness

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Hard Work is Euphoric

I’m never retiring.  As long as I can roll out of bed and stay upright for eight hours, I’m manning the battalions of the work front.  You see, Mom was meticulous and would tear our bed sheets off the bed, demanding we remake it at the sign of the slightest crease.  And Dad was the… Read more »

Music Review—The Long Con

Artist: The Revivalists Album: Pour It Out Into The Night Single: The Long Con Eight-piece rock band, The Revivalists, have released their latest single, “The Long Con”, from their upcoming album, Pour It Out Into The Night.  The single is currently available for streaming anywhere you get your music, and the album will be released… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Art of Friendship

Dear Barb: Hi, I read your column weekly and I appreciate your advice.  My question is about best friends.  I have known Chrissy for 25 years and our lives have paralleled in a lot of ways.  I believe that is the reason we bonded and were always there for each other.  However, recently, things have… Read more »

My Crazy Life—From Sales to Sheriff

Last time in The Voice Magazine, I wrote about how the Sears’ ladies lingerie department helped transform me into a gentleman, but today’s crazy Sears story revolves around the time I spent enforcing the law and being the store’s sheriff before Sears and I eventually grew apart. Becoming known as the loss prevention king shortly… Read more »

For the Birds—Part Two: Birdwatching Basics

In the March 31 article, Bird Course—Part One: Birdwatching Basics, I mentioned that no special equipment is needed to get started.  Birds can be found in and around any outdoor area—anywhere they can find food sources, nesting materials, or shelter. Each species has its own needs and habits, and you can see birds in and… Read more »

[blue rare]—The Teacher Will Appear

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Tao Te Ching I suppose most of us have a memory from our student careers of a certain educator or two who played a significant role in shaping the course of our lives.  Perhaps it was that kindergarten teacher who first brought out in you a… Read more »

The Aggravation Tax and Transacting in Trust Currency

Cheat the taxman and avoid paying the aggravation tax. If I were to provide readers with the blueprint on how to cheat the tax man, something like that could potentially land me in jail, but I am going to do it anyway because nobody deserves to pay the aggravation tax.  Fortunately, revenue agencies are not… Read more »

Editorial—Spring Breaking

A quick reminder that there will be no Voice Magazine next week, but those of you on the brick-and-mortar schedule are likely knee-deep in exams right now, and everybody else is likely trying to plough through their course work so that they won’t have to worry so much once summer hits. Meanwhile, we’ll be back… Read more »

Truth, Difficulty, and Dedication

“Holy Spirit, help me.  Amen” The above prayer is usually something I keep in secret when I write these pieces.  To keep things more secure is usually the argument—usually.  But it’s time to step out of the usual in several ways. First, if I want to be comfortable with who I am, I have to… Read more »

How to Be Inspired

There are ways to feel inspired, whether in the good times or bad.  It’s an accumulative effect: the more “right” things we do, the more we burst with inspiration, although the “wrong” things are intended to put us on that right path, even if the path is miraculously winding.  And the beauty is that we… Read more »

Why Do Humans Like Spicy Food

Spicy food is a popular culinary trend that has been enjoyed by people all over the world for centuries.  From the fiery cuisine of Southeast Asia to the spicy dishes of Latin America, the love of spicy food transcends borders and cultures.  I’ve always wondered why this became a trend and how some people can… Read more »

AUSU Update

Looking for to build a professional network? Want to learn how to network more effectively with others in your field? Join us on April 13, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. MT for a Hot Topic session on networking in any profession. Host Trishtina Godoy-Contois, VP External at AUSU, will kick off the hour with a presentation… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  4-H Alberta Scholarships Sponsored by:  4-H Alberta Deadline:  May 1, 2023, noon (12:00 pm) MT Potential payout:  up to $2750 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be past or present members of a 4-H Alberta club, and must be attending or planning to attend an officially recognized post-secondary institution as a full-time student. What’s required: … Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

AthaU Facebook Group No universal answer.  Limited invigilator availability has one student wondering if it’s okay to write a final exam before completing other course assignments; responses suggest it’s okay in some courses but prohibited in others—check with the syllabus and the tutor. Discord Oh look, a squirrel!  Conservation in the #coffee-shop-lounge channel ranges from… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events—Two Week Edition!

Library Chat Tues, Apr 11, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library www.athabascau.ca/library/index.html No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page Library Chat Wed, Apr 12, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library www.athabascau.ca/library/index.html No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page MBA… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Finland has been much in the news in recent weeks, both for receiving its final approval to join NATO and for a tensely-fought election which saw Sanna Marin ousted as prime minister.  Our writers past have made surprising—and sometimes tenuous—Finnish connections. From Dog River to Helsinki.  Then-editor Sandra Livingston muses on the worldwide appeal of… Read more »